- Feb 8, 2020
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I'm also thinking that the "interchangeable lens" might just be the front element, just like on my Contaflex Beta?Erich_H - You are correct about the lens being interchangeable; I've owned this old camera for years and never realized it had interchangeable lenses. Mine is fitted with the 35 mm f/2.7 Tricor and it does unscrew just as the >>> manual <<< I just found and read describes! This publication also mentions a telescopic viewfinder that can fit on the second accessory shoe near the normal viewfinder. They also offered an extinction-type exposure meter to fit in this shoe! The central accessory shoe was a "hot shoe" with flash synch contact of which they were very proud.
One thing puzzles me, however. The lens unscrews from the focussing thread mount with its engraved zone focus distance chart. This implies the same rotational focus position (and lens mount to film plane) versus subject distance would be the same for 35, 75 and 125 mm lenses. I don't think this would work! The focus scale appears to be retained by three small flat head screws, but I doubt the maker would want a user changing the plate with a lens swap and there is no mention of such in these instructions.
When I read the manual real quick, I must admit that I didn't see any information about unmounting the lens. There's only the mentioning of "interchangeable lens" that I could see.
I then downloaded some period photography catalogues (Central Camera / Peerless / Montgomery Ward / Sears). Couldn't find any price for the 75/125 lenses. The camera was quoted with prices for the three different standard lenses (3.5/2.7/2.0) in one of the above. Can't remember which.
And I also found that Sears sold the Asahiflex as Tower 23/24 in 1956. My Asahiflex (Tower 24) with the f:2.4/58 mm was $98.50!
I love the old catalogues!